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Wife bashers in trouble

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CHINHOYI — Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. The adage rang true after two Mashonaland West women dragged their husbands to court for domestic violence last week.

Report by Own Correspondent

In the first case, a 28-year-old man in a drunken stupor allegedly beat up his wife for serving a meal and forgetting to give him water to wash his hands.

Magistrate Fanny Nyakudya heard that on October 9 this year, Cloud Chiringwaru of Jechenene village 1, Kaitikwe, Mhangura returned home from a beer binge.

His wife, Lucia Barichoro, then served him food, but forgot to bring water for washing hands. In a fit of rage, Chiringwaru charged at his wife and assaulted her all over with fists, feet and a leather belt.

The complainant suffered varying injuries that included a swollen upper lip and lacerations. The matter was reported to the police, leading to Chiringwaru’s arrest.

Chiringwaru was found guilty of battery and was sentenced to three months imprisonment, wholly suspended on condition that he performs 105 hours of community service at Jechenene Primary School.

In the second case heard by magistrate Patience Chirimo last week, a 32-year-old Zvimba man assaulted his five-month pregnant wife, accusing her of infidelity.

The accused, Raphael Sithole of Plot 34 Northwood Farm, Kutama, beat up his wife Patience Majojo (21) for greeting a fellow male villager while the couple was on its way to the borehole.

He was sentenced to a wholly suspended four months imprisonment.

Tinashe Serengwa represented the State in both matters.

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